Yeeeah!

Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:37 pm
tortoisegirl: (Rock star Dan)
30 Day Meme
Day 30 → Whatever tickles your fancy

Gif & picspam party yeah!

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Let's do this. )

tortoisegirl: (Beat- Do not want)
Day before Thanksgiving yay~ I ended up taking the whole day off and baked much bread and half a pie that will be finished tomorrow. I made a little pilgrim hat for the cat but he's being a party pooper and refusing to wear it.

Yesterday I had the fun experience of tripping falling on campus, and since I was wearing a skirt my knee got all scraped up, then bleeding profusely about two minutes later as I was walking to the subway to go home D: I didn't notice it and a woman had to stop me to tell me there was blood running down my leg. Had to duck in a building (with some "omg are you okay" comments from the security guards) and hang out in the bathroom for 15 minutes waiting for the bleeding to stop. And the blood had started pooling in my shoe, yuck. GOOD TIMES.

ANYWAY, back to this thing:

30 Day Meme
Day 29 → Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days

Oh boy. Well, on an immediately scale I plan/hope to finish everything I need to for my classes which would fulfill the requirements for my degree and then I would graduate in December. And then I'll have a degree! And since grad school won't be happening anytime soon, I'll be done with college! So the rest of my plans and hopes are pretty much to get a job and figure out how to do this whole post-grad adult life thing. Yikes. I'll be able to keep my current student job for another semester after I graduate, so that's good. I've already applied for one job. It would give some aim to my life for the next year or so my big hope is to get that, but the chances of me getting this job are so slim that asfjsdflj, I don't even want to talk about it. I'd love to move, both into my own place and maybe away from this area. There's other generic stuff that I always talk about wanting to get done. Write more, go to the gym more, be less reclusive. Um. I don't know. Resolve that whole "aimless life" thing, in general. Yeah.
tortoisegirl: (Frankie says grrrr)
30 Day Meme
Day 27 → This month, in great detail

There's not much of this month to talk about, but it doesn't really matter because that post where I talk about my week? It would be that, minus the interesting stuff, x4. Classes, work, homework- the only differences would be the specific things we're studying. Stuff of note so far: The wedding reception, which I already talked about. Voting on the 2d. My polling place is in a hunting/fishing store, polling booths nestled between the stuffed mountain lion and the mounted deer heads. I stayed up to follow election results that night but went to bed once it was announced that I now live in a Republican state :( Pennsylvania, I am disappoint. Yesterday I had lunch with [livejournal.com profile] the_duckay and we saw someone dressed as a rat in clothes and a crown walking around. I think it was the Rat King from The Nutcracker, since we were near a theater where that's performed.

Predictions for the rest of the month: Certainly busy with school coming to an end. I have two long papers due the first week of December (on the same day asdfdjskl), so lots of researchin' and writin'. I still haven't thought of a topic for the 19th C. American Lit class, though it'll probably be on "Herland" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. We're reading Art Speigelman's Maus in Contemporary Lit and I wish I could write on that because I'd love to do something academic on a graphic novel, but our topics are due before we even start reading it. Boo. But I think I've got a good idea for Autobiography of my Mother by Jamaica Kincaid.

Don't really have anything planned for non-school stuff. Thanksgiving will happen and I suppose I'll be visiting family. I'll probably cook a bunch of stuff for that. Complaints about it getting dark earlier and earlier will likely increase. I was in a super Christmas-y mood earlier this week so I might start planning Christmas shopping XD (I usually don't think about that until school's out in December, at the earliest.) Oh, I plan to buy the Scott Pilgrim movie after work today so I'll watch that a few times, I guess.

Wow, I'm boring.
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30 Day Meme
Day 26 → Your week, in great detail

Well, last week. Technically I started this entry Sunday night and have been taking forever finishing it.

My life is boring enough that I forget large chunks of it. )
tortoisegirl: (Maroon butterfly)
30 Day Meme
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy

I don't wear a lot of makeup, and I'm not gutsy enough to pull off bold statement-making makeup, but I'm completely in love with these paper false eyelashes.

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Plus I'd have nowhere to wear them, and they're probably way expensive. I can stare at pictures and sigh for now. In other neat makeup news, MAC is coming out with a Wonder Woman-themed makeup line next year, which is cool because with Wonder Woman makeup I'll be able fly like her, right? ...right? Fine, maybe not, but the line's going to have blush, eye shadow, nail polish and lipstick. I'm no good with eyeshadow and lipstick, but blush and nail polish I can handle. Also Justin Beiber is getting his own line of nail polish, but I don't want any Beiber on this journal so I'll just LOL and leave it at that.
tortoisegirl: (HP Lightning)
30 Day Meme
Day 23 → A YouTube video

Leave it to a Star Wars parody to get me listening to a Kesha song over and over.

tortoisegirl: (Frankie says grrrr)
See, something interrupts my frequent LJ posting and suddenly I'm completely out of the habit. Anyway.

30 Day Meme
Day 22 → A website

Orisinal, a site full of adorable little flash games. Kinda my go-to for de-stressing (when I don't want a shooting-things kind of game). I've spent cumulative hours playing the one with the bunny and the bells.

Life in school has slowed down to a normal pace, which still means lots of reading but at least I'm not tied to a computer typing up papers. Still house-sitting for my dad, which continues to be nice and quiet. There are so many stray cats in this neighborhood. One of them let me pet them this morning, though they usually scatter when I walk by. Still haven't stopped by the cafe down the street, but I hope to do that after work today. Not much going on this weekend, for the next two weekends I have plans, delicious plans! I need to find time to go to Linvilla Orchards and buy up all the apple-related things I can manage.
tortoisegirl: (Oooh Bender)
30 Day Meme
Day 21 → A recipe

This a recipe for majdra, a lentil and onion dish that I make a lot. It's delicious and easy and pretty cheap.

1 c. uncooked lentils
4 c. water
1 lg. onion, chopped
1/2 c. olive oil
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. cumin
Salt to taste
1/2 uncooked rice

Rinse lentils and put them in a saucepan with the water. Boil for 20 minutes on medium heat. Saute chopped onions in oil. Add onions and oil reside to the lentils along with the rice and seasonings. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. May be eaten hot or cold.


I had two of my wisdom teeth pulled yesterday. It went fine - the most unpleasant part was that my dentist is someone who likes to fill time with small talk, even as the novacaine was taking effect and I couldn't feel my face, let alone speak coherently. And it's weird that even with all the advancements in medicine and dentistry, tooth extraction is still pretty much "grab onto it and pull really hard." Afterwards I wanted to get some stuff at Whole Foods and my mom, who was taking me home, said it was fine, though I had a Hyperbole and a Half moment trying to ask her about it with a numb face and cotton in my mouth. I have some prescription pain pills now, which make me kinda loopy.

And I'm trying to color my hair red. Well, red-ish, since I know it won't actually be red without bleaching it. I've got the henna in, which is difficult and messy to do on your own, and now I'm just waiting until I can wash it out.
tortoisegirl: (Frusciante)
30 Day Meme
Day 20 → A hobby of yours

Video games! I just bought a bundle package of Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 and I've been practicing shootin' me some zombies. I've never played a first person shooter before so that's taking some getting used to, and I die a lot, but it's a fun game. Very loud, lots of guns. I've also gotten back into The Sims 2 after a long time of not playing it. Stuff I'm looking forward to are Dragon Age 2 and the Nintendo 3DS (shinyyyy) with the 3D reboot of Ocarina of Time.

Speaking of gaming, fiiiinaly the weeks of papers and big assignments are over with. I am gonna sleep and play video games so much this weekend.

So, things happened this past weekend. As I said before there was my grandmother's 80th birthday party. I did end up with a handful of people asking about my post-grad plans, but not as many as I'd expected. I think there were about 200 people at the party so there was too much going on for conversation, and I mostly ended up talking to the people at my table. And damn, seeing, greeting, and chatting with all those people in one place was intense. I swear I don't know who half my cousins are. So many of them are 15+ years younger than me or live far away or both, so I see them and I'm like "Oh, we're related? How 'bout that." But there was cake, and it was fun seeing all the little kids running around on the lawn next to banquet hall. I remember when running around with other kids was the height of fun... *nostalgic sigh*

And my dad got remarried on Sunday. It was a private ceremony, just them and two witnesses, so I wasn't there. They went up to the Adirondacks and got married on an island in the middle of a lake, and now they're honeymooning in Cuba for two weeks. I'm at my dad's house now to house/cat/turtle sit while they're away. And when they get back there's gonna be a big reception, which means I'll have to figure out a wedding present. And find me some wedding-going clothes. Hurm.
tortoisegirl: (Investigations)
30 Day Meme
Day 18 → Whatever tickles your fancy

This thing:
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I don't know what it is or what's going on or what it's from, but by god I like it.

The schoolweek and the rain are over! There's papers to be written this weekend, but that's okay. And it's October, the month of leaf-changing and cool weather and Halloween. A far superior month to September. I've already broken out the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack.
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30 Day Meme
Day 16 → A song that makes you cry (or nearly)



I loooved An American Tail as a kid, and this was the song that had me singing my little 6-year-old heart out. I guess it's just nostalgia that has me tearing up over it now. It's not like I have any missing siblings or anything (or missing mice, for that matter). Listening to it now I really like that it actually sounds like little kids singing it.

The city doubled up Free Museum Day with get-into-museums-free-with-college-ID day so I ended up going to both the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute this weekend. Both were terribly crowded and required lots of stroller-dodging. I'm too big now to go through the giant heart, but I got to go to a show at the planetarium, which was fascinating as it was dizzying. They were setting up for a wedding at the Franklin Institute as I was leaving, and how cool it is to get married in a science museum? And them to have your reception around a gigantic statue of Ben Franklin! I never even got to go to one of those Girl Scout sleepovers in the museum.
tortoisegirl: (Shield)
I never really addressed this here before, but since this is a personal journal and a good part my friends list is from fannish places I'll just clarify that all the personal posts are open for comments from anyone. Doesn't matter if we don't know each other in person or know each other that well. Of course no one's obligated to comment, but just in case folks were wondering about my stance on that. I always like to hear from people :)

And today's 30 day meme prompt is fandom-related anyway!

30 Day Meme
Day 14 → A fanfic

One I found years ago that's stuck with me because it's a magnificently hilarious, cracked-out mess. First Encounter, the story of the Hogwarts Castle and the Hogwarts giant squid and how they find love~ Or at least find tentacle sex. And um, I guess it's rated R for...sex between a building and a squid, so be aware of that if that's not to your tastes. And it's gay sex, because apparently both Hogwarts and the squid are male. Who knew. I came across it here at [livejournal.com profile] pottersues.

To keep up the theme, new Deathly Hallows trailer!
Dead Dumbledore! Bill and Fleur's wedding! Dobby ;_; OMG Ron and Harry yelling at each other. I love you Ron even when you're being a jerk. I love the last shot, with the lightning bolt going into the logo and the theme music. Can't wait!

And you know how with TV shows people will say "Haha, X and Y should have their own show together!". Apparently the Lost creators were reading all the message boards with that sentiment, because Locke and Ben are getting their own show. Okay, it's not really the same characters from Lost (they're ex-government agents in this one), but the same actors. The two best actors from the show, and the ones a lot of people were saying they wanted to see more of together. Props to J.J. Abrams for giving the people what they want!

Watchmaker

Sep. 21st, 2010 09:49 pm
tortoisegirl: (Sparkle sparkle)
30 Day Meme
Day 14 → A non-fictional book

Last year I had a class on the Cold War and one of the assigned books was one the professor himself wrote, A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev by Vladislok Zubok. And I thought that was pretty conceited, assigning your own book. I mean, it was cool to have a class with someone who's enough of an authority on the subject to have published a book on it, but it was certainly weird having to cite my own prof in papers. The book itself has some cool content, with actual correspondences between Stalin and Mao and all those big communist-type folk. But, it's pretty badly written. To the point where I had a lot of trouble getting through it (which wasn't the case with the other hardcore Cold War book we had to read). I pretty much only read it to get through the class so I can't really comment on its quality in terms of historical non-fiction - maybe it does have info and insights you won't find anywhere else and I simply missed them. But for casual reading about the Soviet Union I'd recommend something else. I wouldn't call this one good reading.

Went to a flea market on Sunday hunting for a new bookbag. Sadly there were none to be found, but I did get two very cool things...

Eeeeeee! )
tortoisegirl: (Maroon butterfly)
30 Day Meme
Day 13 → A fictional book

Any fictional book? Okay, I'll go with the one I just read for school, Time's Arrow by Martin Amis. It reminds me a lot of Slaughterhouse 5, with a non-linear narrative and WWII and a dark sense of humor. Which happen to all be things I really like in a novel! It's a fairly simple plot that's told in a way that really requires the reader to think and get involved in the story- the kind where when you stop reading it takes a second to reorient yourself to the real world (at least for me). I love it when books that start off as school assignments end up becoming favorites, and this looks like it might be one of those. I might actually want to write a paper on this.

Also, for those in the US this Saturday is Free Museum Day. It's limited - you get two free tickets to one museum, but hey, it's better than paying full price.
tortoisegirl: (Awww Ron/Hermione)
30 Day Meme
Day 12 → Whatever tickles your fancy

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows tickles my fancy!

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Two months from today! )
tortoisegirl: (Problem solving)
30 Day Meme
Day 10 → A photo of you taken over ten years ago

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Awww. Little me with my bff Jack the dog.
tortoisegirl: (The way of the samurai)
30 Day Meme
Day 09 → A photo you took

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This is the outside of my school's library. At work we use photos of the campus in our graphics/promotional stuff and my boss thought we needed some new images, so I went around with my camera today and got pictures of buildings and flags and statues.
tortoisegirl: (OMG Brutal)
30 Day Meme
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad

My initial thought was to get very serious business about this and find an image that has to do with rape statistics or gender inequality, since those are certainly things that make me sad/angry/want to quit life. But they're not really things you can sum up in a photo and I realized I was putting too much effort into finding pics of things that'll just depress me. So I went the animal route again.

(And yeah, it's two pictures, but they're from the same story.)

Dead animal behind the cut. Nothing gory or too graphic, but sad )

And if you want really scary/sad/angering, here's an interview about pelvic exams performed by med students on unconscious women without their consent.
tortoisegirl: (Rawr pink thing)
30 Day Meme
Day 07 → A photo that makes you happy

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Yeah, I know this one's a cop-out too because lol, a macro. Does this even count as a photo? And small fluffy animals, who's not cheered up by small fluffy animals? Soulless people, that's who. Boy am I tired. /half-assed reply
tortoisegirl: (Dan & Laurie's starry night)
30 Day Meme
Day 05 → Your favourite quote

"Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man."
-The Dude, The Big Lebowski

Okay I don't know if I'm serious with this. Quotes are another thing I don't pay enough attention to to have a favorite. But I think this quote at people a lot.

Blah )

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